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Get Off Your Butt


This week I got an email from the Fisher Institute titled: “Get Off Your Butt.” It was a rainy Wednesday on the hill and the motivation was quickly drifting away. I knew I needed to see what this presentation was all about and I’m so glad I got off my butt to go!

Professor Bill Moylan delivered an innovative, high energy presentation to the room of students and faculty in Davis Hall Auditorium. He has had more than 35 years of business experience, including big corporate companies like the Clorox Company, H.J. Heinz Company, and Nestle Foods.  He also has experience as an entrepreneur and as a Professor at seven colleges, including the University of Hawaii, Boise State University, and here on the Hill.

He started off by asking us how we would answer the question, “Why should I hire you?” The answer he shared on the screen was “I am a highly motivated self-starter with the requisite you desire who can GET THINGS DONE.” If we could believe this sentence and make it our own, we would set ourselves up for success.

It’s that simple.

He then highlighted the Big Four outlined in his book, “Get Off Your Butt.” These tips can help us to achieve the ultimate personal and professional success we all desire. Here’s a quick summary:

First: Have the right mindset

If you think you can, or if you think you can’t, you’re right. Never underestimate what you are capable of doing. Self-limiting beliefs create fearful, unmotivated, complacent individuals.

Second: Determine exactly what you want

Make sure you know exactly what you want because there will be problems along the way you will need to face. If you don’t have a definite end goal, these bumps along the way will keep you from moving forward.

Third: Put together a plan and do the hard work necessary to implement the plan

Your goals should be SMART – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time Sensitive. Write them down and read them daily.

Fourth: Make sure you have the right requisites skills to achieve your plan

Research what you need to know in order to be successful and practice those skills. Be prepared to prove yourself.

If you are interested in learning more, pick up a book written by our very own Professor Molan “Get Off Your Butt.”

Joyce Salles is a senior at Nichols College majoring in marketing and minoring in hospitality. She is also interns for the Office of Marketing and Communications. 


Catherine Hoey and Kate-Lynn Schraffa from the Nichols College Bison Chronicles team went out to interview some amazing female faculty and staff members on campus. Watch the video to hear some incredible stories and advice for females looking into becoming successful business professionals!

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Relay for Life Comes to Nichols College


Cancer is a powerful word.

Sadly, it’s one that some of us may be all too familiar with. It seems as if nowadays everyone knows at least one person who suffers from this horrible disease.

Nichols College first-year student Nick Anderson ‘21 and a group of fellow students have brought a movement to campus in an effort to make a positive impact on the subject: the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. The Nichols Relay will be held Sunday, April 8, and registration is open.

Relay for Life is a fundraising event where team members take turns walking around a track or designated path. Each event is 6-24 hours long, and each team is asked to have a member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps. Cancer patients don’t stop because they’re tired, and for one night, neither do the Relayers. While this year’s Nichols Relay won’t feature a theme, other local Relays (such as the June Greater Southbridge Relay for Life) do. For those, teams set up themed campsites at the event and continue their fundraising efforts by collecting donations for food, goods, games, and activities. The money collected counts toward a team’s overall fundraising goal, according to

Nichols students organizing the College’s first Relay for Life are looking to making a change—a big change. When Anderson came to me about the topic, I was struck by how passionate he and the rest of the coordinators are about the event, especially the cause. They spoke with passion, intent, and are on a mission to make an impact, one event at a time.

Anderson wanted to bring Relay for Life to Nichols for many reasons. He said, “My grandmother passed from cancer-related issues when I was about 6 months old, and my grandfather passed from pancreatic cancer when I was 5.”

Anderson continued, “I didn’t get involved with Relay for Life until high school. My best friend Joey’s father passed away our freshman year, and our whole community came swooping in to support him in this troubling time. So, what a few people decided to do in my school was to start a Relay for Life team. I joined, and then a year later I became a team captain alongside Joey. Then I finally came to Nichols College.”

“When I got here, I was very surprised that there wasn’t already a Relay for Life organized. I felt that Nichols was great in so many ways but realized that it needs an event like this. So that combined with my personal experiences with cancer and those around me who suffer from it drives me to make Relay the biggest annual event on campus,” Anderson said.

Relay for Life at Nichols College will take place Sunday, April 8, from 2 to 8 p.m. on Vendetti Field. For more information about how to get involved, contact Nick Anderson at, and follow their Twitter and Instagram handles at @nichols_cac.

Joe Lindsay is a junior at Nichols College majoring in marketing and minoring in psychology. He is also interns for the Office of Marketing and Communications.